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 This Month In Lambton 


This Month In Lambton

 Sarnia-Lambton Among World's Smart21 Communities

Sarnia-Lambton residents are invited to follow along with our community's bid to be named among the Intelligent Community Forum's (ICF) Top7 Intelligent Communities in the world.  Read weekly blogs and stories about what makes our community intelligent by checking out IntelligentSL.ca.

ICF 2018

For the third year in a row, Sarnia-Lambton was named among the ICF's Smart21 Communities internationally.  The class of 2018 announcement was made by the ICF in New York City. Sarnia-Lambton's candidacy was selected from a large pool of communities world-wide.  Candidates are evaluated on their community's access to broadband, their knowledge workforce, innovation, digital equality, sustainability, and advocacy. Smart21 Communities are now invited to apply to be named among ICF's Top7 intelligent communities, which will be announced early in 2018.

A partnership comprised of representatives from the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership, County of Lambton, City of Sarnia, Bluewater Power, Bluewater Regional Networks, Brooke Telecom, Lambton College, and the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park applied to the ICF program on behalf of the community.

 Winter Driving

Much of Lambton experienced its first significant snowfall of the season earlier this month, leading to a number of collisions and vehicles in roadside ditches.  Many winter collisions occur because drivers are travelling too fast for road and weather conditions. If you encounter blowing snow and snow-covered roads while driving, slow down and leave yourself extra space between vehicles.  Sometimes the safest decision is to change your travel plans and wait until conditions improve.

2010 snow emergency

To help you plan ahead, the Ministry of Transportation provides information about road conditions through its website, where you can also view camera feeds from certain provincial highway locations.

Before the next snowfall, read about winter safety tips and Ministry of Transportation resources by visiting EmergenciesLambton.ca.

 The Judith & Norman Alix Foundation Invests over $70,000 into the Local Community

The Judith & Norman Alix Foundation (the Foundation) is investing a total of $70,250 into three projects aimed at benefiting the Lambton County community.  At a recent meeting, the Foundation's Board approved:

  • *$7,000 to Sarnia Street Machines and Classic Car Club in partnership with Pathways for upgrades to the club's event trailer.
  • *$30,000 to the Kiwanis Club Children's Animal Farm Foundation for the renovation of the log cabin.
  • *$33,250 to PointSAR Marine Rescue for multiple projects including the purchase of a new radar and navigation system.

     

    Judith & Norman Alix Foundation
  • The next round of funding applications is scheduled to be received in April 2018.  The Foundation only considers requests for capital projects.  Eligibility criteria can be found at www.jnaf.ca.

 Fruits and Vegetables 'Fresh to Your Desk'

The Lambton Student Nutrition Program has launched a new pilot project with the goal of putting 88,000 fruits and vegetables into the hands of students in Lambton County by December 8.  The Fresh to Your Desk program is part of a centralized food procurement system being explored by the Ontario Nutrition Program Southwest Region.  The innovative approach will ensure the delivery of fresh produce to more than 2,200 students while reducing shopping time for program volunteers. Financial support is provided through the Ontario Student Nutrition Program, Healthy Kids Community Challenge-Lambton Partners and Noelle's Gift Charitable Foundation. Lambton's Student Nutrition Program provides FREE healthy food to students every school day. For more information about the Student Nutrition Program call 519-344-2062 ext. 2011, toll free 1-800-387-2882 or visit www.lambtonhealth.on.ca.

 Keep Your Loved Ones Safe and Independent

November is Fall Prevention Month and we all have a role to play.

senior falls - rug

To help a senior in your life stay safe and avoid a fall:

  • Keep cordless phones handy throughout the house
  • Help identify and fix tripping hazards, such as cords, clutter and throw rugs (remove or tape down edges)
  • Ensure there are sturdy hand rails on both sides of all staircases
  • In the kitchen, keep commonly used items in easy-to-reach cupboards
  • Make sure there's nightlights or motion-activated lights in the bedroom, hallway and bathroom
  • Help ensure there are grab bars near the toilet and tub or shower; consider a non-slip mat in the tub or shower
  • Keep outside pathways safe with good lighting and salt or ice melter at hand
  • Assist seniors in accessing a home maintenance program to help with snow removal, minor repairs, etc.


For more information on older adult fall prevention visit www.lambtonhealth.on.ca.

 Active Living Lifestyle Collection

In partnership with Lambton Public Health and the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, Lambton County Libraries offer a variety of physical activity resources to keep residents active year round. Resources are free to borrow from any Library branch for residents with a Lambton County Library card.

Resources include:

Snowshoes: Available for a 7-day loan period. Adult and kids sizes available.

Snowshoeing can be physically demanding and burn between 400-1000 calories per hour depending upon the snow depth, terrain and whether you use poles. Residents should consult their doctor before reserving snowshoes.

snowshoeing

Pedometer: Available for a 21-day loan period.  Sets of 16 are also available - Great for walking groups and classrooms.

GPS (Geocaching): 21-day loan period. Includes a map of local trails.

For information about the snowshoe lending program or other active living resources, please contact your local branch or visit LCLibrary.ca and click on specialized collections > partnership collections. For information about local trails visit www.lambtoncountytrails.com.

 Call the Shots

Lambton Public Health is sending out first notices to Lambton students whose immunization records are out-of-date. If your child receives this notice you need to Call the Shots. Reporting your child's immunizations only takes a few minutes.  Use one of the following options to report your child's immunizations:

Online: www.lambtonhealth.on.ca

Email: immunization@county-lambton.on.ca

Phone: 519-383-8331 ext. 3589 or 1-800-667-1839

Drop off: 160 Exmouth St., Point Edward (Front and Exmouth streets)

In Ontario, students must be immunized, in the process of becoming immunized or have a valid exemption to attend school.

Call the Shots

 Access the eLibrary this Holiday Season

Lambton County Library's eLibrary is a great online tool to help you get into the holiday season.  Find complete digital editions of Martha Stewart Living, Taste of Home, Chatelaine, Better Homes and Gardens and more with eMagazines.  Discover craft ideas and recipes as well as some great fiction and nonfiction with eBooks.  Stream your favourite holiday music from artists like Josh Groban and Michael BublĂ© with eMusic and holiday movies such as Disney's A Muppets Christmas and Babes in Toyland with eMovies.  These resources can be found at www.lclibrary.ca.  A library card is required to access.

eLibrary

 Facility Renewal at Lambton Heritage Museum

Lambton Heritage Museum is temporarily closed to the public as the County facility undergoes a significant renewal and renovation project.  The museum is closed for mechanical, electrical, accessibility, aesthetic and architectural modifications.  It is hoped the majority of work will be completed by mid-February.

Sign at Lambton Heritage Museum

This is the first major renovation to take place at the museum in 25 years and will modernize the building, bringing staff and public spaces up to a contemporary museum standard.  For more information email heritage.museum@county-lambton.on.ca or visit lambtonmuseums.ca.

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 Looking Ahead

Warden Bill Weber
Warden Bill Weber
County of Lambton

9:30 a.m., Nov. 29 - Lambton County Council

Agendas for past and present Committee and Council meetings is available here.  Open Sessions of Lambton County Council are streamed live and are also available for archival viewing for a period of one year by clicking on the "Streamed Council Meetings" tab on the County's home page.